SERGEI Kornilenko and Matt Phillips have staked their claims for starting berths against Chelsea.
The pair starred in Blackpool Reserves’ impressive 2-1 win over Liverpool at Bloomfield Road yesterday.
Stephen Crainey also came through an hour unscathed and put himself in contention for Monday’s clash with the Premier League champions.
Kornilenko won a first-half penalty, converted by forgotten man Malaury Martin, and then latched on to a superb ball from youth teamer Adam Dodd before finishing neatly.
That impressed the watching Ian Holloway, who also had plenty of praise for Phillips after the winger produced an energetic performance on the right flank.
The Pool boss said: “I took a close look at that reserve game because one or two of them are going to get a chance with DJ Campbell and Charlie Adam being out.
“I was hoping Kornilenko would have a belter and he did well. I still believe Matty Phillips has everything and for a young lad he is a quality player.
“I’ve also got the new lads James Beattie, Jason Puncheon and Andy Reid. They are going to be somewhere around the fringe and I will give them a chance to show what they can do against Chelsea somewhere along the line.”
French midfielder Martin, playing his first game since suffering a serious knee injury on the pre-season tour to Devon, looked a class act and showed he wasn’t lacking fitness by lasting over an hour.